A Freedom Story

From a Libera group member:

In January of 2017, I was invited to a book club by a parent of one of my favorite students.  I have NEVER socialized with a student’s parent but there were 2 other women from the school system attending and I was curious about the concept. 

Rarely have I seen anything come through that is free, valuable, and truly without strings attached (come to my church, buy my book, etc.)  I thought it was a little too good to be true so when life interfered and I missed the first two meetings, I assumed I was too late.  However, I wasn’t.  One of the ladies at work loaned me her book.  I read the first chapter and I was hooked.  The leaders met with me on their own time to catch me up and give me my own book/journal.

My story, mine—possessive, was something I had never thought about.  My freedom was certainly something I had never considered.  I am an American.  I am pretty free. However, what I discovered was that I was fighting so hard to live a life I was slave to.  Built on beliefs I did not chose for myself.  My whole life, I have been happy to hand the pen to someone else and offer them their take on a chapter in my life. 

Libera allowed me, for the first time, to look at myself and other women with-out judgement.  Libera allowed me the space and the sisterhood to sit with my pain, recognize my hurt and strength, hear my struggle acknowledged, and courage to let it go. 

Libera means freedom.  And that is exactly what it has introduced me to.